Essential commemorations and anniversaries in classical music in 2023

Through 10 centuries, so many anniversaries to remember! Classical music covers 10 centuries of history, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. There are many opportunities each year to celebrate great composers, creations or emblematic venues of classical music. So many anniversaries! From January to December, there is always a good reason to discover a musician, to rediscover a work. And above all, 365 opportunities to be curious.

Essential celebrations in 2023

Some dates to remember in 2023:

No fewer than 8 centenarians are expected in 2023 (and 4 multi-centenarians). This year, among the great figures of classical music to be commemorated are: Edouard Lalo (January), György Ligeti (May), Victoria de los Ángeles (November), Maria Callas (December), Carl Friedrich Abel (December)... and many more.

And what’s going on 2024?

Richard <strong>Wagner</strong>
Wagner
Pyotr Ilyich <strong>Tchaikovsky</strong>
Tchaikovsky
Giuseppe <strong>Verdi</strong>
Verdi
Johannes <strong>Brahms</strong>
Brahms
Hector <strong>Berlioz</strong>
Berlioz
Maria <strong>Callas</strong>
Callas
György <strong>Ligeti</strong>
Ligeti
Edouard <strong>Lalo</strong>
Lalo
Carl Friedrich <strong>Abel</strong>
Abel
Victoria de <strong>los Ángeles</strong>
los Ángeles

All commemorations in 2023, month by month

 

2023

January

27

Edouard <strong>Lalo</strong> Edouard Lalo, Commemorations (2023), Classical music, French composer

200th anniversary (Birth)

February

10

Cesare Siepi, Commemorations (2023), Classical music, Italian opera singer

100th anniversary (Birth)

24

Enrico <strong>Caruso</strong> Enrico Caruso, Commemorations (2023), Classical music, Italian operatic tenor

150th anniversary (Birth)

March

05

Dora <strong>Pejačević</strong> Dora Pejačević, Commemorations (2023), Classical music, Croatian composer

100th anniversary (Death)

20

Sergei <strong>Rachmaninoff</strong> Sergei Rachmaninoff, Commemorations (2023), Classical music, Russian composer, pianist, and conductor

150th anniversary (Birth)

MasterpiecesComplete works

May

07

Johannes <strong>Brahms</strong> Johannes Brahms, Commemorations (2023), Classical music, German composer and pianist

190th anniversary (Birth)

MasterpiecesComplete works

22

Richard <strong>Wagner</strong> Richard Wagner, Commemorations (2023), Classical music, German composer and conductor

210th anniversary (Birth)

MasterpiecesComplete works

23

Alicia de <strong>Larrocha</strong> Alicia de Larrocha, Commemorations (2023), Classical music, Spanish pianist

100th anniversary (Birth)

28

György <strong>Ligeti</strong> György Ligeti, Commemorations (2023), Classical music, Hungarian composer

100th anniversary (Birth)

June

15

Edvard <strong>Grieg</strong> Edvard Grieg, Commemorations (2023), Classical music, Norwegian composer and pianist

180th anniversary (Birth)

MasterpiecesComplete works

August

05

Antonio <strong>Cesti</strong> Antonio Cesti, Commemorations (2023), Classical music, Italian composer

400th anniversary (Birth)

26

Wolfgang <strong>Sawallisch</strong> Wolfgang Sawallisch, Commemorations (2023), Classical music, German conductor and pianist

100th anniversary (Birth)

September

11

Theodor W. <strong>Adorno</strong> Theodor W. Adorno, Commemorations (2023), Classical music, German sociologist, philosopher and musicologist

120th anniversary (Birth)

October

03

Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Commemorations (2023), Classical music, Polish composer and conductor

100th anniversary (Birth)

10

22

Pau <strong>Casals</strong> Pau Casals, Commemorations (2023), Classical music, Catalan cellist and conductor

50th anniversary (Death)

November

01

Victoria de <strong>los Ángeles</strong> Victoria de los Ángeles, Commemorations (2023), Classical music, Catalan/Spanish opera singer

100th anniversary (Birth)

30

Thomas <strong>Weelkes</strong> Thomas Weelkes, Commemorations (2023), Classical music, English composer

400th anniversary (Death)

December

02

Maria <strong>Callas</strong> Maria Callas, Commemorations (2023), Classical music, American-born Greek operatic soprano

100th anniversary (Birth)

11

Hector <strong>Berlioz</strong> Hector Berlioz, Commemorations (2023), Classical music, French Romantic composer

220th anniversary (Birth)

MasterpiecesComplete works

22

Carl Friedrich <strong>Abel</strong> Carl Friedrich Abel, Commemorations (2023), Classical music, German composer

300th anniversary (Birth)

See also...

Others commemorations and anniversaries

Classical music history (timelines)

 

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